Doc Holliday Saloon located in the heart of downtown Griffin. |

How To Have A Grand Adventure In The Small Southern Town of Griffin, GA

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Those who haven’t visited Griffin, Georgia, in a while will find much has changed from its days of bustling railroads, a major cotton distribution mecca and a leading textile manufacturing center. Now, the area is finding a new identity as an eclectic, must see destination ideal for getaways.

Griffin is full of tree-lined, small-town charm, stately historic homes, diverse history and heritage and a thriving dining and arts scene in a commercial district full of restored and re-purposed buildings.

As the birthplace of Doc Holliday and the film site of over 100 movies and shows from “Fried Green Tomatoes” to “The Walking Dead,” there’s something around every corner to pique the interest of visitors and locals alike.

Historic downtown Griffin features many locally owned restaurants and cafes serving up Southern favorites, unique shops offering antiques, apparel and gifts and beautiful murals depicting the town’s history.

Located just 40 miles south of Atlanta, Griffin holds plenty of fun for leisurely loiterers as well as active sports enthusiasts.

All The Things You’ll Want To Do In Griffin, Georgia

Mountain biker on a nature trail with dog running behind the bike.
(c)Griffin + Spalding Business and Tourism Association

Where To Get Outside

Outdoor enthusiasts will find no shortage of activities to enjoy. The Spalding County Pickleball Complex has positioned Griffin as a premier destination for both amateur and professional pickleball players, hosting nationally recognized tournaments.

For shooting sports aficionados, Cherokee Rose offers a top-tier experience with its well-maintained sporting clays courses, perfect for both novices and experts.

Golfers will enjoy the historic Griffin Golf Course, known for its challenging layout and scenic beauty, along with other local favorites like Cabin Creek Club and The Club at Shoal Creek.

Additionally, disc golfers can explore four highly rated courses set in picturesque locations around the city.

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Mural honoring Griffin’s own Janet Harmon Bragg, the first African American woman to hold a commercial pilot’s license.
Credit: Griffin + Spalding Business and Tourism Association

Leisurely Excursions, Entertainment

Looking for a girls’ getaway or a generational getaway for ladies of many ages? Architectural driving tours, art, entertainment, a tea service and history make for a leisurely itinerary.

Take In A Show

From performances at Camelot Theatre to seasonal shows performed by the Griffin Ballet Theatre, there’s no shortage of entertainment in the way of performing arts. Local professional productions and national acts are big tickets here at reasonable ticket prices, and without the big-city crowds.

The venues–from the carefully restored Griffin Opera House to the sleek Griffin Auditorium–are intimate and welcoming, with free parking. Enjoy experimental black box theatre in a renovated Woolworth’s building, a choral society, family-oriented musicals and classic ballet along with dance styles for every taste.

The Bailey-Tebault House, a Greek Revival home built between 1859 and 1862, was used during the Civil War as a hospital. | Credit: Griffin + Spalding Business and Tourism Association
The Bailey-Tebault House, a Greek Revival home built between 1859 and 1862, was used during the Civil War as a hospital. | Credit: Griffin + Spalding Business and Tourism Association

See Amazing Architecture

Griffin’s architecture is another showstopper, featuring masterpieces by such greats as Neel Reed and Philip Shutze. Take one of the suggested self-guided driving tours that all start from the picturesque clock at the intersection of Hill Street & Solomon Street. One magnificent example is open for guided tours. Completed in 1862, the Greek Revival Bailey-Tebault House and was also used as a Civil War hospital and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Griffin-Spalding Historical Society owns and operates The Bailey-Tebault House where it continues its mission “to preserve and share the history of Griffin and Spalding County and to promote the preservation and use of their historic structures.” Guided tours are available by appointment at least 48 hours in advance; suggested $10 donation per person, or $25 for families, cash or card.

Take A Stroll Around The Garden

For garden-lovers, a visit to The University of Georgia’s 65-acre Research and Education Gardens is a treat. Bring a picnic, take a tour and select plants and designs for your own landscape, Take advantage of learning opportunities by checking The Garden Calendar for events, classes and workshops.

Best Restaurants in Griffin

Offering a wide variety of cuisines, visitors to Griffin are sure to find something to delight their taste buds.

From homestyle Southern cooking at Louise’s Cafeteria and local favorites at Bank Street Café to hot wings and cold brews at Uncle Bobby’s Wings and Beer and steaks at J. Henry’s, there’s something for everyone on the menu.

Indulge in authentic and fresh Mediterranean cuisine at Angelo’s Mediterranean Cuisine, located in the heart of Griffin’s historic district where owners Angelo and Diane Panousis have been serving up the finest Italian and Greek cuisine since 2008.

“Grandmillenials” will gush over The Emerald Chandelier, a fascinating tearoom housed in a circa 1870 home full of eclectic décor. Patrons will enjoy noshing on delicious bites in a cozy, welcoming setting. Created out of the owner’s love for the unusual and sentimental, it’s a must-see inside and out.

Where To Stay In Griffin, GA

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There are a number of lodging options in the region. For a hotel stay we like the Holiday Inn. There are also a number of VRBOs in the area if you prefer more of a home stay.

Whether it’s a historic loft, a bed and breakfast or a traditional hotel experience, there are plenty of lodging options to make your trip memorable.

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